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Edward Dmytryk: On Filmmaking


About the Series

In the 1980s, Focal Press published five books on the art of filmmaking by legendary film director Edward Dmytryk (1908 – 1999), Oscar-nominated director of Crossfire, The Caine Mutiny, and The Young Lions, among many other films. Together, these five titles comprise a masterclass with one of Hollywood’s most acclaimed, storied, and controversial filmmakers.

With most of these books long out of print, Focal Press/Routledge is now pleased to reissue these classic titles with all-new supplemental material for current-day readers. Each book includes a new introduction, chapter lessons, exercises, discussion questions, and terminology.

Mick Hurbis-Cherrier serves as coordinator for the series, and has assembled professional and academic contributors from across the country to contribute to each volume.

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On Screen Writing

On Screen Writing

1st Edition

By Edward Dmytryk
October 09, 2018

With On Screen Writing, director Edward Dmytryk offers a clear, methodical overview of the needs, practices, and problems of screenwriting, including extensive coverage of adaptation. Written In an informal, anecdotal style and using script examples from Hollywood classics, Dmytryk presents a ...

On Screen Acting An Introduction to the Art of Acting for the Screen

On Screen Acting: An Introduction to the Art of Acting for the Screen

1st Edition

By Edward Dmytryk, Jean Porter Dmytryk
October 04, 2018

With On Screen Acting, director Edward Dmytryk and actress Jean Porter Dmytryk offer a lively dialogue between director and actress about the principles and practice of screen acting for film and television. Informal and anecdotal in style, the book spans auditioning, casting, rehearsal, and on-set...

On Screen Directing

On Screen Directing

1st Edition

By Edward Dmytryk
October 06, 2018

With On Screen Directing, renowned filmmaker Edward Dmytryk distills a lifetime of experience as a director into a dozen short essays on the craft of directing, spanning every stage of the filmmaking process, from screenwriting, preproduction, and casting to set design, postproduction, and ...

Cinema: Concept & Practice

Cinema: Concept & Practice

1st Edition

By Edward Dmytryk
October 06, 2018

In this unique study of the process of filmmaking, director Edward Dmytryk blends abstract film theory and the practical realities of feature film production to provide an artful and elegant analysis of the conceptual foundations of filmmaking and film studies. Dmytryk explores the technical ...

On Film Editing An Introduction to the Art of Film Construction

On Film Editing: An Introduction to the Art of Film Construction

1st Edition

By Edward Dmytryk
October 06, 2018

In On Film Editing, director Edward Dmytryk explains, in clear and engaging terms, the principles of film editing. Using examples and anecdotes from almost five decades in the film industry, Dmytryk offers a masterclass in film and video editing. Written in an informal, "how-to-do-it" style, ...

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